Archive for January, 2011

OKC 101

January 23rd, 2011

I attended my first-ever NBA basketball game. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I didn’t expect the Oklahoma City Thunder to take down the New York Knickerbockers (on the subject of knickers, it seemed that Ronny Turiaf, #14 for the Knicks, got his knickers in a twist by the end, but then again, he had just been served).

I got a few pictures, but the thunderbum shot wins the prize:
thunderbum

But the most amazing part was that this all happened in Oklahoma City. I grew up in OKC and sarcastically referred to it as Action City, but OKC is slowly growing into its own. With the MAPS endeavor, revitalization of Bricktown and its very-own NBA team, it’s become a legitimate place to live and do business. I feel that if OKC has a progressive (imagination-wise not necessarily politically) and budget-conscious mayor, she or he could make OKC into Action City one day. So, congratulations OKC and welcome to the game – now we’ll just have to do something about those backward politics… but that’s another story.

In conclusion, NY 98, OKC 101 – hey, it’s a definite start. And that final shot, glad I was there to witness it.

The Google Slate

January 15th, 2011

Or the gSlate , Android Slate, Tabula Android, Chrome Slate, Nexus S Slate, whatever – but anything is better than Mac’s iPad* (pronounced, Max-iPad – in other news, ob pulls the plug).

In the environment where the iPhone (and the iPad) is now with Verizon, Windows is playing catch the smartphone, Google has a dog in the fight, HP plans a tabular comeback and Nokia is way too quiet (remember these? – me either), 2011 might be the year of the not-so-blank slate.

The point? There’s not really a point – I’m just happy to see more people getting into the tablet and smartphone arena. I’ve been waiting for this since I first read Ender’s Game, and it seems we might actually end up with the sci-fi society we’ve always dreamed of (see update below) – even if there are no moon bases in the near future (because, hey, we’ve been there, done that).

*But why would Apple seriously name their latest boost to technology something as stupid as iPad? I get it – it’s a pad and it’s made by Apple, so it’s got to be iSomething – but that’s a different rant, and I’m sure my friends are sick of hearing me talk about it.

UPDATE: OK – Ender’s Game isn’t really the sci-fi future I’m looking for – I just liked that the kids got those cool school tablets…

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